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NY law requiring schools to post abuse hotline phone number

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is requiring that each public and charter school post the phone number for the state’s child-abuse hotline in a prominent location where students can see it.

The law, recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, directs the state education commissioner to issue related regulations.

Legislative sponsors say one in four girls and one in six boys nationwide are molested, mainly at home, and the notices offer a simple and effective way to let victims report abuse.

The statewide toll-free number is 1-800-342-3720.

The Office of Children and Family Services says the hotline receives calls of alleged abuse or maltreatment around the clock every day.